The Horrible, Terrible, No Good Month

Let's face it. October 2018 has been a particularly bad month. Hurricane Michael devastates Florida. Bombs mailed to prominent citizens. Mass murder at a synagogue. I can't think of anything scarier than the world right now. So it will be a relief to celebrate Halloween and try to remember how things were when we were kids and our generation only had to worry that our parents would think we were eating too much candy.

Let's take a trip down memory lane. What costume was popular the year you were born?

(In the spirit of full disclosure, yes, I actually dressed as Casper the Friendly Ghost. It is my first memory of Halloween.)

Can you guess the most popular costumes this year? I'll give you a hint. Number 1 is from a video game. How about the most unique costumes in every state? Hint: A bunch of blue people took first place.

Some fun Halloween facts:

  • Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Halloween Party is about a girl who is drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

  • Apple bobbing is believed to have originated from a Roman harvest festival held in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees.

  • In the United States, the first citywide celebration of Halloween was in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.

  • More than 93% of children under the age of 12 go trick-or-treating.

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

  • Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia

  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday; Christmas is the first.

  • Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.

  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers first.

  • Black cats were once evil omens thought to be spirits of witches, or a witch’s familiar who protected their powers.

  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is considered a good luck, as it means the spirit of a loved one is guarding you.

  • The 1978 blockbuster, Halloween, was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget.

  • About 50% of adults dress up for Halloween.

  • Sixty-seven percent of adults take part in Halloween activities, such as parties, decorating the house, and trick-or-treating with their children.

  • 86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween.

  • Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

  • The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920’s.

  • Consumers spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings, sending over 28 million Halloween cards each year.

  • 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be sold for Halloween.

  • The tradition of making Jack O’ Lanterns to ward off evil spirits originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe, who celebrated the harvest around a bonfire, shared ghost stories, sang, danced, and told fortunes.

  • The ancient Celts, who thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night, began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

  • The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia.

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And finally, a few safety reminders so that the memories of Halloween are spooky, but happy ones:

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Here's hoping the year will end on a more positive note.

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